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Well, well, look whose back!

January 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I know what your thinking, “Where have you been? We have missed you so!” I feel your pain. When we undertook this little blog we weren’t really sure how it would all shake out and now we have kind of figured it out. It’s really hard to write everyday and maintain a blog with good posts that people enjoy. It gives a person a whole new appreciation for those who actually do this for a living. But we or me whoever is able will try our very best to keep it updated daily or weekly. So thank you so much for your continued support and keep checking back!

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Elin’s going to be rich

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

The man on the right is filthy rich. The woman on the left is about to take some of that.

More news from the drama machine that is Tiger Woods tonight. Rumors have been swirling all day around the blog and tabloid circuit about Elin Woods seeking a divorce from Tiger and that it will 100% happen.

I’m not a lawyer, nor do I have any idea just how deep Scrooge McWoods’ gold coin vault is, but I think it’s safe to say that Elin and the kids will be pretty well off for quite some time given the grounds for the divorce being all Tiger’s fault.

Tiger, on the other hand, will probably just go back to killing fools on the course during the day and doing work on the club scene at night as a single man.  Judging by all of the rumors that are floating around, a divorce wouldn’t really make him too upset. (If you’ve got 14 or 1,349 women on the side, you obviously aren’t too concerned about getting some affection and attention when it’s all said and done.)

Here’s the article from ESPN.com.

Two Takes on the Tiger Fiasco

December 12, 2009 4 comments

We here at SOGJ have been following the Tiger Woods headlines rather closely since the car accident heard around the world occurred on Friday, November 27th. Here are two different looks at who is to blame for this mess and what the future holds:

Not so tough now, are ya buddy?

Why You Can’t Blame Tiger (By: Superman):

I feel bad for Elin Nordegren. I think that she does not deserve to  have her personal life and its problems displayed on news station and gossip magazine while and her life crumbles around her.  It’sawful. But here’s where I differ from almost everybody on this issue, I don’t think you can blame Tiger.

Since Tiger was a child he has been trained and programed, primarily by his father Earl Woods, to win at all costs. This means that he does not allow any result in anything other than a complete victory. Through his years of junior golf, college golf and then into his professional career, Tiger has done nothing but dominate. Along the way he has built up a sense of invincibility that has allowed him to excel at the very highest level in the world of golf.  Now, that same swagger has caused his meteoric downfall.

Tiger never thought he would get caught while participating in his many “transgressions.” (Early nominee and leader in the clubouse for 2010 word of the year, by the way. If this Tiger story holds on until March, then it’s a lock.)  If he was caught in the act of cheating on his wife (the supermodel) it would have meant that he lost (especially if he was caught with the Perkins waitress…double loss), and if we know only know one thing about Tiger Woods anymore it is that he just does not accept failure.  I believe that him cheating on his wife became part of a mentally twisted game in Tiger’s head. He then became so obsessed with winning this ‘game’ that the cheating and lies became second nature. After all, Tiger was just trying to win.

That makes Tiger Woods the adulterer the same person that his parents created, that the media and the golfing community has encouraged, and the same fiery competitor that Elin married. So can we really blame Tiger for being himself?

It is no secret that Tiger ran in circles with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.  These two were known for their infidelity and party habits and perhaps Woods was just trying to keep up with his buddies.

The most important question is this: If Tiger Woods was into this kind of lifestyle, who will be the next sports superstar to get caught? Could it be someone like LeBron James, Albert Pujols or Tom Brady?  Initially the first reaction is: “of course not.” But wouldn’t you have said that three weeks ago when asked the same question about Tiger?

Sorry Tiger, It’s Over. (By: K.J.):

I was twelve years old when Tiger Woods burst onto the golfing scene in 1996.  I have been a fan of Tiger Woods ever since…until now.

No athlete before Tiger had shown the dedication, focus and perseverance towards their craft quite like Tiger did with his golf game.

His famous “I am Tiger Woods” advertisements showed men, women and children wanting to be just like him.  He was the ultimate role model from 1996-2009.  He always said the right things at the right time, picked the proper avenues for endorsements and sponsorships, and showed an amazing drive to be the best he could possibly be every single second he was on the golf course.  How could anyone, let alone a golfer, not look up to Woods?

Tiger was the most dominant man in all of sports, and had the respect of every athlete on the planet. With the evil side of sports glaring its ugly head with steroid allegations, illegal gambling, and fixed games, Tiger was the one athlete that Americans could point to for hope. Now, unfortunately, it’s all gone.

It turns out that we were being fooled all along.  We thought Tiger slept, breathed and ate golf.  He was likened to a golf robot who was sent to Earth to do one thing: win golf tournaments.  In reality he lingered behind the velvet rope at all hours of the night, even during tournaments, looking for his next booty call. The initial news has taken a turn for the worse even, now there are rumblings of: drugs, alcohol, prostitutes and porn stars. What the hell was Tiger into?

Even television golf announcers would talk about the pure dedication of Tiger and how he never took his mind off of the game between his first tee shot on Thursday and his final putt on Sunday. It was all a lie…a magnificent front put on by ‘Team Tiger’ for the better part of his twelve years in the spotlight.

No longer is Tiger Woods the clean cut, prototypical American super athlete.  He is now the public face for celebrity sleaze and terrible judgment. He is now the prototypical cheating husband and a rather poor father figure for his, or any, children to look up to.

America used to go nuts for any golf item bearing a Nike swoosh or Tiger’s”TW” symbol, as it was the mark of a champion and a classy individual. Now, I refuse to wear any “TW” gear in public in order to avoid conversations about the topic.

Tiger Woods has robbed the die-hard golf fan of the most important and entertaining three year stretch in golf history.  The period of time when Tiger zeroed in on Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championship wins would have been epic. Now, I could care less is Tiger even wins major #15.  Actually, I hope he never does.

I’m not dumb, however. I still have no doubt that Tiger Woods has more talent and skill in his big toe than a majority of PGA Tour pros do in their entire body. But here is one major factor to consider: Has Tiger ever been the bad guy? Has Tiger ever had to compete on Sunday with a crowd rooting against him? It will be interesting to see how Tiger reacts to these changes, which will be more widespread than one may think.

(Side note: No question that Phil Mickelson is now golf’s #1 man. After his crusade against his wife Amy’s breast cancer during the summer of 2009 and his creative play around the greens, I think that the American golf fan will pile on his bandwagon against Woods.)

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BREAKING NEWS: Say It Ain’t So Tiger…

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Tiger Woods will be stepping away from the game of golf.

According to his website, TigerWoods.com, golf superstar Tiger Woods will be taking a break from the game of golf to focus on his family issues.

He will also be ducking the media at all costs until this whirlwind of tabloid and blog coverage wears down.

Below is the full statement from Tiger Woods:

I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.

After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.

Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period.

This is horrible news for the PGA Tour who counts on Tiger’s celebrity to draw crucial television ratings and sponsorships. We’ll bring you any and all information relating to this as it becomes available.

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UPDATED (10:15 AM CST): Report of Ambulance Leaving Tiger’s Home with ‘Unidentified Woman’

December 8, 2009 1 comment

This Tiger fiasco just will not end and has possibly taken another twist for the worse (if that’s even possible for El Tigre). No word if the ‘unidentified woman’ was his wife Elin Nordegren, or a local Perkins manager, or a Vegas cocktail waitress, or a NYC party girl, or a former cast member of the hit Emmy winning production “Tool Academy.” According to ESPN.com:

WINDERMERE, Fla. — A woman was taken to the hospital from the home of Tiger Woods early Tuesday, according to local media reports.

According to WESH-TV, firefighters from Orange County, Fla, responded to a medical call received at 2:36 a.m. The station reported that a radio log showed an adult woman taken to a local hospital.

According to WESH-TV, the log showed the patient initially refused transport, but was later listed as an advanced life support patient. The station also reported that a black Cadillac SUV was seen leaving the hospital shortly after the ambulance arrived, and that the license plate was similar to the one involved in the crash that involved Woods on Nov. 27.

However, Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Genevieve Latham told the Orlando Sentinel that, according to her information, rescue crews didn’t take anyone to the hospital.

“It was a medical call and the patient refused to be transported to the hospital,” Latham said, according to the Sentinel.

We’ll bring you more information today as it becomes available. Stay tuned.

UPDATE (9:30 AM CST): The AP is reporting that a 911 call did in fact come from the Woods’ home at 2:35 AM. ESPN Radio reporting that the woman was not Tiger’s mother, Kultida Woods, or Elin Nordegren. Oh boy…more to come I’m sure.

UPDATE #2 (10:15 AM CST): Call off the dogs. The mystery woman taken to the hospital by ambulance was Tiger’s mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg. She has since been released from Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, FL. I don’t have her charts in front of me but I would assume this is a non-drama related trip to the ER.

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Exit: Tiger Woods, Enter: Pete Carroll

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

One of these men is still employed (Hint: It's Pete Carroll)

Tiger Woods is breathing a sigh of relief. His affair(s) with several trashy girls who look like street corner material several fine young ladies is no longer the latest and greatest. Former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was interviewed by several reporters last week. Usually these types of post firing interviews include questions about what they could have done differently, if they have any regrets, blah blah blah. Luckily for us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory threw a curve ball, he called out Pete Carroll for “living in Malibu with a 22 year old grad student.” Whaaaaaa? Read for yourself (from Yahoo! Sports):

Q: Is it frustrating to you Pete Carroll, for example, portrayed in one way…

CW: Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.

As expected, Pete Carroll has denied. Guess what? So did Tiger. Chances are that some people in the coaching fraternity know things and it somehow got back to Weis. Carroll really wishes that Weis would shut up and wait his turn to once again become one of Darth Hoody’s loyal Storm Troopers that couldn’t hack it on his own. (Zing! What a terrible, nerdy comparison…but it’s early. Give me a break.)

The $1 Billion Dollar Tiger in the Room

Normally I will leave anything remotely related to golf to KJ… BUT golfing scandal (Good) Tiger Woods scandal (Really Good) Tiger Woods cheating on his wife with multiple women getting caught and having to go to Tiffany’s to pick up the Kobe get out of jail special (Too Good to even think about passing up) So with that being said there will be a full El Tigre cheating scandal / mudslinging coming soon… but in the meantime I leave you all with this…

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